Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Mass arrival Bill should deal with facts

Darien Fenton
Labour Spokesperson

12 April 2013

Mass arrival Bill should deal with facts

The Government’s meddling with the definition of what constitutes a ‘mass arrival’ in its controversial Immigration Bill won’t fix the deeply flawed legislation, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Darien Fenton.

“Altering the definition of a mass arrival from 10 to 30 people won’t change anything. Instead, it aligns New Zealand with Australia’s punitive detention policies, which have been so destructive in that country.

“The government originally bandied around threats of hundreds of asylum seekers arriving by boat to justify its provisions for mass detention and the need for this bill, which is intended to deter people smugglers.

“Simply changing the definition of a mass arrival won’t do that.

“If anything, John Key is the one who has provided an incentive to people smugglers by raising the flag for asylum seekers in agreeing to take 150 of Australia’s refugees as part of our overall quota.

“Furthermore, the bill is based on National’s completely flawed premise that we are under the imminent threat of a mass arrival.

“In the past week, John Key said he was vindicated when a boat from Sri Lanka arrived in Western Australia, flying a New Zealand flag and holding a sign saying they wanted to come to New Zealand.

“He clearly doesn’t understand that an asylum seeker must request asylum at the earliest opportunity and it is impossible to arrive in one country and seek asylum in another.

“Anyone claiming they want to come to New Zealand via the Australian coast by boat cannot apply for asylum here and if they did, they become ineligible.

“The Government should focus on the facts, not fantasy, when dealing with such important legislation,” Darien Fenton said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news